Greg In Hollywood chats with first-time Emmy nominee Freddie Smith of “Days of Our Lives”
A lot has happened to Freddie Smith since I spoke to him less than two weeks ago at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
This week, the talented young actor who plays Sonny Kiriakis on NBC’s Days of Our Lives received his first Daytime Emmy nomination – a reward for his stellar work on the best gay storyline in soap opera history (sorry Luke and Noah, Oliver and Kyle, Luke and Reid – but these two are more the real deal).
Freddie earned his Emmy nod on the strength of an episode that aired last June 26 during which Sonny is talking to Will’s dad, Lucas, in the town square, and admits for the first time that he has feelings for Will.
‘Will and I are a strong couple right now,’ the actor says. ‘It’s a drama and we have a lot of problems ahead of us but we’re going to work through them.’
Q. What has it been like to be a part of Days first gay storyline?
A. ‘I never imagined that it would be this great. We had expectations but I just really love this storyline from the bottom of my heart. It’s nice to go to work every day and have such a positive impact.’
Q. What has the reaction been?
A. ‘I get more fan mail than I ever imagined in my life I would get and how my work can touch people is unbelievable. I think it’s amazing. The storyline is doing great things.”
Q. What has it been like to work so closely with Chandler Massey as Will?
A. “Him and I trust each other and that’s the biggest thing. Most of our affection is just all improv – it’s whatever we feel in the scene. When I step in to that character, I truly love Will and Will loves Sonny and I think that’s where the chemistry comes from. I’m just happy that us two were able to be paired up to do this.”
Q. Of course complications must be ahead with Gabi about to have Will’s baby!
A. “I’m learning a lot about how I would like to wait to have children. I’m getting to hold a real live baby and it’s just a new chapter in my life. But it’s a lot of fun. It’s interesting.”
Q. Some people say Sonny is too saintly, too good to be true. Do you agree?
A. “Maybe a little. But it’s all how you want to present yourself. Sonny just takes a bad situation and makes it good and that’s how I am in life. If things are going not so well, I try to focus on the positives and make it better. But he is pretty flawless which is kind of fun to play because who is flawless? It’s kind of cool. But he has a couple of problems coming up so it’ll be nice to see him a little vulnerable.”